John Locke's Personal Identity

opinion Essay
1197 words
1197 words

Who am I? Various traits may define who one is. What components form an identity? Various components may form an identity. Is a personal identity real? This varies from person to person. Along with everyday people having an opinion, plenty of philosophers do as well. Three different variations of ideas on personal identity that will be covered come from; John Locke, David Hume, and a Buddhist scripture. The theories range from not having a personal identity to considering personal identity to be one’s physical soul. The various theories by the philosophers mentioned above will be analyzed to determine what one’s personal identity could be. To start, John Locke’s beliefs on identity have to do with one’s bodily spirit. More specifically, “The …show more content…

Locke’s statement on identity seems like a legitimate theory to me. From a personal experience, before my grandmother passed away she would tell our family she would return as a butterfly. Sure enough after she died, my family began to see butterflies more often, and we took it as a sign of her soul. While Locke states what one’s personal identity is through their bodily spirit, he does touch upon the physical aspect of being a person as well. Which Locke believes is a being that has the ability to think, reason, reflect and can see the self doing these things in various times and places. Which I agree with but, I feel as though there is much more to a person, a whole being. More than a person having a soul, being able to think, reason, and reflect, I feel a person has more to …show more content…

If I were to live as if life was purely an illusion, I would most likely not take anything seriously. An education, job, or any relationships would be of slim to no importance living life as an illusion. Of course we all die at the end of our lives, nobody beats the game of life and lives forever in bodily form. If one were to view life with the fact, that we all die in the end maybe that individual’s life lacks seriousness. Although I fully understand that nobody comes out of their life alive, I do believe it is important to push oneself to be better, and acquire the best for themselves throughout different aspects of life. If I were to view myself and the world as part of my imagination, I would lack motivation to better myself; I most likely would live overly comfortable with less. Seeing all of this world as an illusion, there would be no use in motivation and determination because, all that is seen would have no meaning. Living life through the eyes of someone who sees themselves and the world as one large illusion would in fact be purposeless. Life is to be lived with purpose, emotions, kinship, and personal

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that various traits define who one is, and what components form an identity. john locke, david hume and a buddhist scripture will be covered.
  • Opines that john locke's beliefs on identity have to do with one’s bodily spirit, but he does touch upon the physical aspect of being a person.
  • Disagrees with hume's statement that the world and all that is within it is a perception, but firmly believes all things have purpose and identity.
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